The oral arguments in Lane v. Holder (CA4 Case 11-1847) will take place next Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30AM in room 201 (the ‘Green Courtroom’ ) of the Powell Courthouse in Richmond Virginia. Lane is the first case docketed for the day in that courtroom so plan to be there early if you want to attend the Lane oral arguments.
One day later on Wednesday, October 24th, the 4th Circuit will hear oral arguments in Woollard v. Gallagher (CA4 Case 12-1437). Oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 9:30AM in room 412 (the ‘Red Courtroom’) but Woollard is currently scheduled as the last of the four cases docketed for that day.
Lane v. Holder
Lane v. Holder is a case challenging the federal prohibition on inter-state purchase of handguns and Virginia’s equivalent state law prohibition. The Plaintiff, Michelle Lane, lives in DC and, since the closure of DC’s only FFL, was unable to legally receive a handgun that she wished to purchase for personal protection.
The Timeline of The Case
The case was initially filed on May 10, 2011 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
On June 15, 2011, District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee dismissed the case on standing grounds.
On July 29, 2011, the plaintiff filed an appeal with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Woollard v. Gallagher
Woollard v. Gallagher is the appellate follow-up to the Maryland state case Woollard v. Sheridan which I have written about as it progressed. For those unfamiliar with the case, it involves a Second Amendment challenge to Maryland’s discretionary carry permit issuance standards.
The timeline of The Case
The case was filed on June 29th, 2010 in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
On March 2nd, 2012, District Judge Benson Legg granted summary judgement in favor of the Plaintiffs; striking down Maryland’s discriminatory issuance standards and effectively rendering Maryland a shall-issue state.
On March 30th, 2012, Judge Legg granted a temporary stay of the ruling to allow the state time to petition for a permanent stay.
On April 6th, 2012, the state appealed the ruling to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals as Woollard v. Gallagher.
On July 23rd, 2012, Judge Legg denied the state’s request for a permanent stay and lifted the temporary stay effective August 7th, 2012
On August 2nd, 2012, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay pending the outcome of the appeal
If You Plan to Attend Either Day
The address for the Powell Courthouse is:
1000 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
The 4th Circuit website also notes that the Bank Street entrance to the Courthouse is currently closed due to construction, requiring use of the Main Street entrance.
They also caution that all electronic devices are prohibited in the courthouse and that visitors must present photo id before being admitted.